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Coronavirus resources for small businesses and the self-employed

Resources you can use to navigate uncertainty

Coronavirus: helping small businesses and the self-employed through uncertainty

These are uncertain times for small businesses and the self-employed. With the situation changing rapidly, it can be difficult to know where to turn for up-to-date news and information.

The Simply Business Knowledge centre is a free resource that has lots of tips and guides designed to support your business. With Covid-19 now affecting businesses across the country, we’ve collected some of the most relevant articles to help you through tough times.

Rishi Sunak at press conference

Coronavirus: what support is available for small businesses and the self-employed?

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a package of support for businesses, including cash grants, a business rates reduction, and more time to pay your tax bill.

Read our guide for details on the government support available to small businesses and the self-employed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Protect against coronavirus scams

How to protect your business against coronavirus scams

Business owners have reported a number of scams designed to capitalise on the coronavirus pandemic.

These include fake emails from HMRC and local councils, which ask you to enter personal details. Here’s what to watch out for.

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Best free tools

Best free tools for small businesses and the self-employed to try

You can use free software to cut costs and get your business running efficiently, which is especially important during the coronavirus outbreak.

From communication tools to project management software, why not try these today?

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HM Treasury

Businesses given lifeline as government delays IR35 reform by 12 months

The government was due to introduce new off-payroll working rules in the private sector on 6 April, but it’s announced that it will delay the changes for a year.

Read about why IR35 reform has been controversial and why a delay is good news for contractors and businesses.

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Late payment letter

Writing a late payment letter: templates, tips and government help

Late payments can affect your business’s cash flow. But sometimes, all it takes to get paid is a letter to your client or customer.

Here are our tips for writing a late payment letter, along with a free late payment letter template you can save for when you need it most.

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Benefits of working from home

Setting up your home office: 5 workspace tips

If you’re working from home, setting up the right space to work can make all the difference, as you want to make sure you’re going to be productive.

But what works for other people might not work for you. Get the perfect set-up with these five tried-and-tested home office ideas.

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Self-employed benefits entitlement

Self-employed benefits entitlement

When every penny counts, it makes sense to keep an eye on what benefits you could be entitled to as a self-employed person.

Our guide has a rundown of the benefits you might be able to claim, from Universal Credit to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

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Benefits of working from home

Best free and paid business website builders

If you have the time to prioritise your business website, there’s a whole range of free tools to help you build your site quickly and maintain it easily.

From Wordpress, to Wix, to Weebly – learn more about some of the most popular tools to build your website.

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Self-employed benefits entitlement

What is Statutory Sick Pay and the SSP rate?

Employees are entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they have time off due to illness. They need to have been off work for four or more days in a row (including non-working days).

Find out more about the SSP rate and your responsibilities as an employer when staff are off sick.

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Payment on account

Payment on account: the tax bill you can delay

Payment on account was developed with the aim of helping self-employed people spread out their tax bill.

Learn more about the Income Tax payment the government is allowing self-employed people to defer due to Covid–19.

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Best accounting software

Best accounting software for small businesses

Balancing the books may either be front of mind or the last thing you want to think about during the pandemic.

If you’re in the right headspace for it, here's how to get your books online and in one place, with a range of free accounting apps.

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